File drop popup menu removal
aseigo at kde.org
Tue Sep 7 19:48:35 BST 2004
On September 7, 2004 12:26, Ishai Asa wrote:
> developers, a poll or a survey cannot be only among KDE developers. This
> issue should really be addressed by the usability team, but I don’t
> know their opinions or what they have been done in this area.
i'm not the "usability team", but as one member of said nebulous entity i'd
one may move, copy, link or decide to not drop an object. which of these
actions will happen when moving the item is not apparent simply by the act of
moving it (unlike in the "real world"), and moreover figuring out how to
modify the default behaviour without some explicit help is nigh impossible
for most "average" computer users. for us sophisticated users, modifier keys
are an obvious thing due to our familiarity and skill with the interface. we
are the exception.
for these reasons the popup menu is a net win. not a complete win, but a net
win. removing it would be a net loss.
> As a final note:
> Since there are valid arguments for both cases, maybe the solution is to
> make it configurable (and even have the default configuration be the
> previous dnd bindings/behavior).
oh, please no. a lot of things can and even should be configurable, but we
really ought to avoid making basic things like this configurable. otherwise
we will end up with a number of options that make our current count look cute
and create even more burdon for help-desk (and irc-desk ;) tasks. not to
mention that if it was made configurable, it should be system-wide for apps
like kmail etc to follow otherwise we end up with inconsistencies, and this
means a lot more work to get things Right(tm) if we move from our current
in fact, i'd love to see kmail lose its configuration option to eliminate
those popup menus, which violates our current UI style guide =) :
Aaron J. Seigo
Society is Geometric
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